Techtober 2019: Showcasing technology and entrepreneurship across Arkansas
Arkansas possesses a rich history of innovation and technological development. For decades, Arkansas businesses have been recognized for creating and delivering advanced products and services to consumers around the globe. As Arkansans, we are proud of this heritage and we want others to become aware. We do not want to hide our light under a bushel.
Techtober celebrates our heritage by providing a recurring opportunity to showcase and proudly spread the word about ongoing innovation and entrepreneurial accomplishments in Arkansas.
Techtober is not a single, one-time event. It is a yearly observance--a special Arkansas season of independently-created and scheduled events, all showcasing the innovative energy that drives discovery and entrepreneurship; and all focusing on aspects of technology, creativity, or the spontaneous spark that fuels startup enterprises.
Each year, Techtober in Arkansas brings engaging, multi-day events that draw hundreds, with attendance growing from year to year. This year the Arkansas STEM Coalition is helping to plan and organize Techtober events with various partners.
- In Central Arkansas, celebratory events include the Little Rock Tech Fest and the Jolt Hackathon.
- Northwest Arkansas celebrates with a full week of exciting events linked to the Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit.
- Northeast Arkansas makes its mark on Techtober as the home of the Arkansas Science Festival.
- Elsewhere around the state, there are a number of one-day events that may move locations, from year to year. These events include workshops and events such as Solving the Data Science Riddle, the annual meeting of the Arkansas Academy of Computing, Rural Rise Summit, and High School Hack.
In addition, Techtober in Arkansas brings dozens of other celebratory activities, with some scheduled as recurring events hosted at Entrepreneurial Support Organizations (ESOs) throughout the state. These ESOs include the Venture Center (Little Rock), The Conductor
(UCA Conway), Startup Junkie Consulting (Fayetteville), The Generator Innovation Hub at Go Forward Pine Bluff, The Garage (Jonesboro – Arkansas State University), and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub (North Little Rock).
Techtober includes scholarships for college computer science students to the 2019 Little Rock Tech Fest, a two-day conference that brings together software developers and employers with a focus on nurturing and growing the strong computer science education program in Arkansas.
In addition to serious events, this year’s Techtober includes several lighter events with humorous names, such as the Startup Crawl (Fayetteville), mixing startup companies, entertainment and craft breweries; and the Ozark Mountain Brawl robotics competition (Searcy). Another fun event is AMP Fest 2019 (Arkansas Music Pavilion, Rogers), featuring beer, technology, and live music.
As we celebrate Techtober 2019, we look forward to a year ahead of increasing creative excitement and growth in technology and entrepreneurism in Arkansas. Also, this year, we look back to celebrate our past by marking the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of the founding of Systematics (now FIS), the oldest of Arkansas' global software companies.
For more information about events--and to list your event--visit www.Techtober.com. The site includes information about sponsoring organizations, along with blog posts related to technology and entrepreneurial accomplishments in Arkansas.
Once again, it's Techtober in Arkansas! Have fun, learn a bunch, and encourage others to expand innovation and entrepreneurial opportunity across Arkansas.